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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 November, 2016

Xestia sexstrigata: the six striped rustic

A good choice of common name for this species, the six-striped rustic (Xestia sexstrigata) does, indeed, have six stripes. Having said that they are more lines than stripes in my opinions! Whatever, stripes or lines, there are six of them.
A nocturnal species rarely seen by day this is widespread and is quite common across southern England. It has no real preference for food plant, although it does like a bit of ragwort pollen, and so it can turn up almost anywhere you look for it between late July and early September. 
The larvae are hardy little chaps, overwintering in that stage eating herbaceous plants such as docks and plantains before pupating in the spring.
Xestia sexstrigata: the six striped rustic